Munich have good times to offer for gay travelers

Munich, Germany – is often overlooked by gay travelers because of Berlin’s infamous decadence. They love leather pants and closeted 19th-century Bavarian monarch Ludwig II. Munich has a throwback charm unique from artistic Berlin.

 

Dietmar Holzapfel, and his husband Josef Sattler, says hospitality in Munich has long extended to members of the LGBT community.

 

“Our former mayor Christian Ude was the patron of Pride 22 years ago, when other politicians didn’t dare do this. Munich was also the first city in Europe to host the IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Alliance) convention.” He explained.

 

With an LGBT festivals almost every month, Munich is a party that never stops. Even Oktoberfest turns one massive tent over to gay brew enthusiasts.

 

You can find gay quarter, Glockenbachviertel, located not far from old city Altstadt, with lots of shops, bars and restaurants.

 

Holzapfel and Sattler’s joint are boasting sophisticated, modern rooms at reasonable prices and a fashionable bar/restaurant. Hotel Deutsche Eiche is overcrowded with LGBT travelers.

 

Sunbathing at the Isar River in warm weather is like a tradition in Munich, and also a good time for travelers. The Flaucher area is especially popular within gay community.

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Sir Elton John and Vladimir Putin planning to fix a date to discuss LGBT rights

LGBT rights will be discussed by Sir Elton John and Vladimir Putin in an open dialogue.

Sir Elton John fell victim to a hoax earlier this year after he asked Putin, despite his large fallowing in Russia.

After he was subjected to a hoax call from a fake Putin, the real Putin got in touch to discuss LGBT rights – and offered to meet with the singer in future.

Sir Elton said: “I’ve talked to him on the telephone – we’re trying to arrange a date when I can go to Moscow and talk to him.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin had to go above and beyond to convince Sir Elton that the real Putin did want to talk,  after the hoax call.

He said: “At first [Sir Elton John] hesitated.

“We decided to ask Russian Ambassador to London Alexander Yakovenko to get in touch with the musician and tell him about the phone call.

“In the beginning, Yakovenko had certain problems to explain to the musician that he was really the Russian ambassador and that the real president of Russia wanted to talk to him.”

Sir Elton added: “I feel very honoured that he wants to see me and he’s put the olive branch out and it’s essential that I do go over there and just put my foot in the water and see what we can do change the situation for LGBT people in Russia.

“Even though the Russians say it’s great it is very very, it’s not great at all. But you know, as I said, I want to try and knock the wall down a little bit, so I will be trying to go and see him.

“He was very pleasant on the phone, he apologised for the fake interview I did. He was very genial and I was very very impressed.”

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Cyber-bullied Thai-German gay couple get married

A Thai-German gay couple that was cyber-bullied after those photos of them holding each others hands went viral have got married in Germany.

The former creative director of a Thai modeling agency Noparuj Kaendi , posted photos of his wedding to model Thorsten Mid on Instagram.

This time, the photos got hundreds of good and congratulatory messages from well-wishers and are trending in Southeast Asia.

The couple is together for two years now and the couple wore navy suits at their wedding in Aachen, Germany.

‘Foreigners are fond of pets,’ one wrote.

‘I now believe that potions work,’ said another, commenting on the perceived disparity their looks, while another told Mid to ‘wake up, boy.’

However, others came to their defense and Facebook fan pages gave full support for the couple.

‘I’m not a famous actor nor a public person who knows how to handle criticism… I’m just ME,’ Kaendi said at the time.

‘We’re just another average couple working hard to get to be together.’

 

 

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Boy George: ‘I slept with Prince’

Boy George has said he has slept with Prince.

During the show’s live audition stage the Voice coach made the claim in front of a studio audience, bringing production to a halt.

‘[It] sent the audience absolutely wild and forced producers to stop filming,’ an insider told The Sun.

Boy George talked with the other UK Voice coaches Will.i.am, Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson and singer Paloma Faith on the subject of who they’d all duetted with in the past.

The gay singer-songwriter said: ‘I have duetted with some of the greatest soul singers in history including Luther Vandross and Smokey Robinson.’

Paloma responded: ‘Well OK, if we’re throwing big soul names out there I’ve performed with Prince.’

To which Boy George replied: ‘Forget that, darling, I’ve slept with Prince.’

The crowd went wild, the source said: ‘Production staff had to come up on stage and speak to them.

‘After that, Boy George started backtracking saying that he hadn’t really slept with Prince and that, he just had his poster on his wall in reality.

‘But as far as the crowd were concerned the cat was already out of the bag.’

The Voice UK returns in January on BBC 1.

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Man called homophobic slur and then attacked for holding his penis while sleeping

A 56-year-old was victim of a homophobic attack for doing nothing except holding his penis while sleeping in Jamaica.

After it reported ,Randy Livingston, 54, Janil Barette, 25 and Wayne Richards, 19, all from Kingston, appeared in court ,they beat up and injured the 56-year-old man, called him a ‘batty man’.

In a community center on 5 September, around 6.30am the man was sleeping ,when Livingston saw him sleeping with his hands inside his shorts.

‘Wha kinda ting dat you a do?’ he said ,adding ‘Lef de area.’.

When the man said that he would call the police, other men got together with Livingston in his alleged attack.

The men said it was a ‘batty man’ thing to hold onto your genitals in your sleep, adding that he was a ‘dog’.

When the 56-year-old rapidly ran from the room, they caught him. One of the men with the Livingston forced him unconscious, using a stick to beat him on the head.

When the man regained consciousness in a police station, he immediately reported the incident.

Barette was charged with assault causing bodily harm, while Livingston and Richards were charged with unlawful wounding.

The men will return to court on 16 November, because they all pleaded not guilty.

The case will continue.

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CORRECTED-Family watches as gay rights battle hits world theaters in “Freeheld”

“It’s overwhelming, it’s painful, but overall it brought relief to know that everything that she fought for is going out to a wider audience,” said her sister Lynda Hester D’Orio.

Had Hester not died at age 49, her legacy would have been a “quiet, personal one” helping others, her sister said.

Now “Freeheld” has been turned into a feature film, with Oscar-winning actress Moore as Hester, the police officer reluctant to be in the limelight but set on getting justice for her partner, played by Page.

“She did not want to be the poster woman for gay marriage. She did not want to be the person out in front of the gay pride parade,” said her brother Jim Hester. “She was about doing what was right and what was fair.”

“It’s going to change some minds… but it also is going to make some people dig in their heels a little more deeply and become a little more mean-spirited and say bad things about Laurel and Stacie,” he said.

The fight over Hester’s pension seems almost antiquated given the advances in gay rights, said Wade, who made the “Freeheld” documentary.

“The country is really different than it was 10 years ago when she was fighting this, and it’s because of people like Laurel,” she said.

 

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Arizona to pay $200,000 to lawyers who won gay marriage case

 

PHOENIX – Lawyers who persuaded a judge nearly a year ago to overturn Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban will receive $200,000 from the state to cover attorney fees and other costs in bringing the legal challenge.

 

Federal law lets those who prevail in civil rights cases seek compensation for the costs of bringing such lawsuits to court.

 

The decision on the Arizona law came after gay marriage bans were struck down in more than two dozen states.

 

Then, the U.S. Supreme Court declared this summer that same-sex couples have a right to marry in all 50 states.

 

Arizona lawmakers approved a state law barring same-sex marriages in 1996.

 

Seven years later, an Arizona appeals court upheld the constitutionality of the law.

 

Voters in 2008 amended the Arizona Constitution to include a ban.

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Anti-gay marriage Oregon bakery defies state order to pay damages to couple

 

Anti-gay marriage Oregon bakery defies state order to pay damages to couple

 

Owners of bakery refuse to pay $135,000 to a same-sex couple who were denied service, despite having raised more than $500,000 via crowdfunding

 

The bakery’s owners refused to make a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer more than two years ago. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

The couple closed the Gresham store in 2013 and now operate the business from home.

 

“It’s difficult to understand the Kleins’ unwillingness to pay the debt when they have, very publicly, Wednesday.

 

“They are entitled to a full and fair review of the case, but do not have the right to disregard a legally binding order.”

 

A lawyer for the Kleins, Anna Harmon, told the Oregonian she couldn’t comment about her clients’ actions, citing the ongoing litigation.

 

A 2007 Oregon law protects the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations. It provides an exemption for religious organizations, but the agency ruled that exemption does not allow private businesses to discriminate against potential customers.

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Gay party gone wrong in Edo

Gay party was organised in a hotel in Oben community, off Sapele road in Benin City on Tuesday night degenerated into a free for all over allegations that a partner belonging to a particular young man was caught in a compromised position with another male during the party.

 

It would be recalled that this Act sponsored by Senator Domingo Obende then representing Edo North Senatorial District was one of the few private sponsored bills and were passed and signed by President Goodluck Jonathan in the last Senate.

 

“We have been suspecting the management of this hotel for some time now because the last time some girls who are lesbians held a party here. We were shocked that no single male was in attendance.”

“But today, I wanted to go and buy a drink at the hotel when a young man walked up to me at the gate and told me that his people have taken over the place. I was shocked to notice that ‎he was putting on tight leggings and wearing red lipstick and wig, so I left the place immediately.”

 

“It was later in the night that we heard loud noise and saw some boys fighting over another boy thereby attracting the neighbourhood,” the source said.”

It was, however, gathered that before police men on patrol could arrive the scene, most of the boys had absconded.

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Taipei organizes mass couples gey wedding this year

It is officially promised by government! There will be mass weddings for gey couples in Taipei!

That mass wedding tradition was held for many years but it was only opened to ‘men and women complying with the requirements of civil law marriage.’

Mass weddings for gay couples is official promised by Taipei government.

Xu Lin-min Taipei citiy’s bureau of social affairs and gander equality office’s secretary said that he will have to discuss with other departments whether gay couples would marry alongside or separately.

Chien Chih-chieh who is secretary-general of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights was interviewed questioning this matter and she said “This is not news” – for the Liberty Times.

‘Gay people are also citizens of Taipei. I do not understand why you need to hold a separate gay mass wedding,’ she said.

Two mass weddings are announced for May and October with quota of 100 couples.

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